Hydro One energizing life for Indigenous communities, charities and municipalities across Ontario

24 communities and charitable organizations will receive $25,000 grants from the Energizing Life Community Fund

The Municipality of Tweed, a recipient of the 2021 Energizing Life Community Fund, created a brand new walking trail around the local recreation centre to promote and provide safe access to physical activity. (CNW Group/Hydro One Inc.)

The Municipality of Tweed, a recipient of the 2021 Energizing Life Community Fund, created a brand new walking trail around the local recreation centre to promote and provide safe access to physical activity.

TORONTO, Feb. 22, 2022 /CNW/ - Today, Hydro One announced 24 Indigenous communities, charitable organizations and municipalities will each receive a grant of $25,000 from the Energizing Life Community Fund. For the second year, the fund will support initiatives that promote physical, psychological and emotional safety across Ontario. Energizing Life Community Fund grant recipients provide critical local services such as service dog training for youth with autism, interactive technology to foster social engagement for seniors and environmental educational programming for Black and racialized families.

"In every corner of the province, Indigenous communities, charities and municipalities are addressing critical local needs and promoting well-being and safety. Hydro One feels a deep responsibility to be present and support local organizations who are working tirelessly to energize life in their communities, from developing mental health programs for adults to promoting physical activity among children," said Jason Fitzsimmons, Chief Corporate Affairs and Customer Care Officer, Hydro One. "We want to congratulate and thank the recipients of the 2022 Energizing Life Community Fund for all they do in their local communities."

The following organizations and communities were selected to receive $25,000 from the Energizing Life Community Fund for their ability to make a difference and energize local communities:

"Myles Ahead is committed to reducing barriers in accessing mental health services for young people and their families," said Leslie Kulperger, Founder & Executive Director, Myles Ahead, Advancing Child & Youth Mental Health. "The Hydro One Energizing Life Community Fund will be instrumental in creating a framework to help establish new youth hubs in underserved regions across Ontario."

Last year, recipients of the fund promoted physical, psychological and emotional well-being through a wide variety of initiatives, including the creation of a new fitness trail in Tweed, the development of safety-learning simulations for children in Windsor & Essex, and the construction of accessible public change rooms to promote inclusivity in Dryden.

In 2021, Hydro One made a commitment to direct at least 20 per cent of its corporate donations and sponsorships to Indigenous communities and initiatives that benefit Indigenous communities. In alignment with this commitment, close to 25 percent of the Energizing Life Community Fund grants will benefit Indigenous communities and organizations.

Hydro One's community investment program focuses on building safe communities in Ontario. The company supports programs, events and initiatives that focus on safety training and safe play. Some of its partners include the ACT foundation, Jack.org, Coaches Association of Ontario and Scouts Canada. To learn more about the Energizing Life Community Fund, visit www.HydroOne.com/EnergizingLife.

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